Questions On The Law And Criminal Justice System

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Chapter 6: Question 2
Alyssa Chamberlain
Bloomsburg University

Chapter 6: Question 2 “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a Court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?” (What, 2015). Today these Miranda Rights are common knowledge, a staple in our Criminal Justice system that binds the rules and regulations together. From the arrest to either a conviction or acquittal, the Miranda Rights have been involved in all of it, but they affect whether or not one thing can happen; an interrogation. According to the dictionary an interrogation is
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Although physical torture is now illegal, it does not stop police from using other methods of psychological deception. One of the most popular methods is showing the suspect falsified or fabricated evidence, otherwise known as a false-evidence ploy (FEP). There are three categories: demeanor, testimonial and scientific. A study done in 2007 showed that ninety-two percent of a sample of 631 policemen used FEPs to gain a confession (Forrest, 2012). Demeanor FEPs are characterized by the behavior of the suspect and using those assumptions to determine whether or not he or she is guilty. Sayings such as “We can tell the way you’re acting that you are not innocent” and “You don’t seemed surprised or sad that he is dead” show that detectives and police use the suspects appearance and behavior to specify guilt, even though there is no evidence proving it. Testimonial FEPs are one of the most common and consist of eyewitnesses, video surveillance or a co-conspirator that puts them at the place and time of the crime. In 2009 Nash and Wade conducted a study showing the power behind this kind of FEP. All of the participants signed and admission of guilt when viewing a falsified video recording or even the threat that there might be incriminating evidence. Scientific FEPs are viewed as the most deceptive and coerced due to their seemingly undeniable nature. These include fingerprints, DNA, medical reports and other forensic evidence. In a survey it was
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